The Universe will have to go on without Mexico — though from the sound of his Presidential bid announcement, that's exactly what Donald Trump wants.
After Trump's racist comments about immigrants being "rapists" pretty much offended every Latino (and everyone else) on the planet, Mexico has now officially pulled out of the Miss Universe competition.
So there will be no Miss Mexico this year.
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But seeing as Trump's pageants will no longer be aired on NBC — who announced they had cut all ties with the Celebrity Apprentice star on Monday — will there even still be a Miss USA pageant to determine the lady who will represent the USA in the Miss Universe competition??
Surprisingly, the answer is yes! In an official statement, the Miss Universe Organization announced:
"We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on. The Miss Universe Organization operates as an independent company. In its 64 year history, and under many owners, Miss Universe has developed into a globally recognized brand, with nearly 150 franchise holders domestically and internationally, the majority of whom are small business owners."
In other words, "the majority of whom are NOT Donald Trump."
In fact, they further distanced themselves from Trump's words, saying:
"The Miss Universe Organization is built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity and of all cultures. This year's Miss USA contestants represent many different ethnic backgrounds, including six Latinas (four of whom are of Mexican descent.) Annually, nearly ten thousand young women all around the world participate in Miss Universe pageant events. We continue to welcome those from all backgrounds to enter our system. Our franchisees work tirelessly every day to empower young women to be confident and to be their personal best while raising awareness and millions of dollars for philanthropic endeavors."
Well, The Donald may not think much of immigrants, but it sounds like the Miss Universe Organization still does.
The pageant may not be televised, but the ceremony itself will still be held on July 12 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]
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